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Michael Myers
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« Reply #75 on: October 31, 2007, 06:38:02 pm »

On June 4, 2006, Dimension announced that Rob Zombie, director of House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, would be creating the next installment in the Halloween franchise.[2] The plan was for Zombie to hold many positions in the production; he would write, direct, produce, and serve as music supervisor.[2] Bob Weinstein approached Rob Zombie about making the film, and Zombie, who was a fan of the original Halloween, and of John Carpenter, jumped at the chance to make a Halloween film for Dimension Studios.[2] Before Dimension went public with the news, Zombie felt obligated to inform John Carpenter, out of respect, of the plans to remake his film.[3] Carpenter's request was for Zombie to "make it his own".[4] During a June 16, 2006 interview, Rob Zombie announced that his film would combine the elements of prequel and remake with the original concept. Zombie insisted that there would be considerable original content in the new film, as opposed to mere rehashed material.[5]

His intention is to reinvent Michael Myers, because, in his opinion, the character, along with Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Pinhead, has become more familiar to audiences, and as a result, less scary.[6] The idea behind the new film was to delve deeper into Michael Myers' back story. A deeper back story would add "new life" to the character, as Zombie put it.[5] Michael's mask will be given its own story, to provide an explanation as to why he wears it, instead of having the character simply steal a random mask from a hardware store, as in the original film.[7] Zombie explained that he wanted Michael to be truer to what a psychopath really is, and wanted the mask to be a way for Michael to hide. He wants the young Michael to have charisma, which would be projected onto the adult Michael. Zombie has decided that Michael's motives for returning to Haddonfield should be more ambiguous, i.e., "was he trying to kill Laurie, or just find her because he loves her?"[3]

Moreover, Michael would not be able to drive in the new film, unlike his 1978 counterpart who stole Loomis' car so that he could drive back to Haddonfield.[7] Zombie also wants the Dr. Loomis character to be more intertwined with that of Michael Myers, as opposed to what Zombie saw, in the original film, as showing up merely to say something dramatic.[6] On December 22, 2006, Malcolm McDowell was announced to be playing Dr. Loomis[8] McDowell stated that he wants a tremendous ego in Loomis, who is out to get a new book from the ordeal.[7] Although Zombie has added more history to the Michael Myers character, hence creating more original content for the film, he chose to keep the character's trademark mask and Carpenter's theme song intact for his version (despite an apparent misinterpretation in an interview suggesting the theme would be ditched).[5] Production officially began on January 29, 2007.[9] Shortly before production began, Zombie reported that he had seen the first production of Michael's signature mask. Zombie commented, "It looks perfect, exactly like the original. Not since 1978 has The Shape looked so good".[10]

Filming occurred in the same neighborhood that Carpenter used for the original Halloween.[7]

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« Reply #76 on: October 31, 2007, 06:39:51 pm »

The film received mixed reviews. As of September 30, 2007 on Rotten Tomatoes, 24% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 86 reviews (21 "fresh", 65 "rotten").[11] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 47 out of 100, based on 18 reviews.[12]

Bill Gibron of PopMatters gave the film a 9 out of 10 and said the film was "brilliant" and "a stroke of slice and dice genius."[13] James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave the film 2 out of 4 stars and said "Although it's not saying much, this is director Rob Zombie's most impressive outing behind the camera."[14]

The film broke box-office records for the Labor Day weekend. It pulled in USD$31 million dollars over the four-day holiday weekend, surpassing the record set in 2005 by Transporter 2 of $20.1 million dollars, making it the most successful Labor Day weekend opening in history. Furthermore, it surpassed the record set in 1999 by The Sixth Sense of $29 million dollars (in its fifth weekend), making it the highest grossing film over the Labor Day weekend ever. [15] Despite the film's opening weekend success, Bob Weinstein told Reuters that he doubts there would be another Halloween film, stating "I never say never never ... but it would have to be something very, very different".[16]

In its eighth week Halloween brought in $110,492.[17]

As of October 30, 2007, Halloween has grossed $64,988,271 worldwide, making it the highest grossing entry in the franchise to date (not adjusting the grosses of earlier films for inflation).

DVD release

The DVD of the film is due on December 18, 2007.[18]

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« Reply #77 on: October 31, 2007, 06:44:23 pm »

1.   ^ "Boo! ‘Halloween’ scares up record 4-day debut", MSNBC, 2007-09-03. Retrieved on 2007-09-04. 
2.   ^ a b c New “Halloween” film. (June 4, 2006). Retrieved on 2007-04-09.
3.   ^ a b Halloween: On Set With Director Rob Zombie!. Bloody-Disgusting (March 19, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-04-11.
4.   ^ Rob Zombie to Re-Make Halloween. (June 4, 2006). Retrieved on 2006-12-19.
5.   ^ a b c Interview with Rob. (June 16, 2006). Retrieved on 2007-04-09.
6.   ^ a b Evil Reborn: Zombie resurrects a horror classic. MTV. Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
7.   ^ a b c d Zombie Kills 'Halloween' Theme Song, Revokes Myers' Driver's License. MTV (March 7, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
8.   ^ Rob Zombie's MySpace. MySpace (December 22, 2006). Retrieved on 2007-04-09.
9.   ^ Official Halloween Casting Breakdown, Synopsis. Bloody-Disgusting (November 22, 2007). Retrieved on 2006-12-19.
10.   ^ The Big Question Answered Halloween (January 4, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-01-04.
11.   ^ Halloween - Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2007-09-07
12.   ^ Halloween (2007): Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved 2007-09-07
13.   ^ Bill Gibron (2007-08-31). Short Cuts - In Theaters: Halloween (2007). PopMatters. Retrieved on 2007-08-31.
14.   ^ James Berardinelli. Review: Halloween (2007) accessdate=2007-08-31. ReelViews.
15.   ^
16.   ^
17.   ^ HALLOWEEN (2007). BoxOfficeMojo. Retrieved on 2007-08-31.
18.   ^
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« Reply #78 on: October 31, 2007, 06:50:10 pm »

Characters in the Halloween saga
•   Michael Myers — The principal antagonist of the series. He appears in each film except the unrelated third installment.
•   Dr. Samuel J. Loomis played by Donald Pleasance — Michael's psychiatrist. He is the only person to know what his patient truly is. His main goal in the saga is either Michael's capture or execution. The character was thought to be killed off at the ending of H6 to reconnect with the actor's death, but is mentioned in H20 to have died at a nursing home. Although he does not appear as a character in Halloween H20, a voice recording of his famous, "evil" speech is played during the introduction credits. (Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween 4:The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse OF Michael Myers)
•   Laurie Strode played by Jamie Lee Curtis — The younger sister of Michael Myers and secondary protagonist of the saga. Survived Michael's first two attempts, only to be haunted by it for 20 years. Is the mother of Jamie Lloyd and John Tate. Fell off an asylum roof to her death in H8. (H1, H2, H7 & H8)
•   Jamie Lloyd played by Danielle Harris — The daughter and first child of Laurie Strode. The niece of Michael Myers. She is also the older sister of John Tate. Gave birth to Stephen Lloyd in H6. Also died in H6. (H4, H5 & H6)
Minor characters
•   Tina Williams — Good friend of Rachel Carruthers and Jamie. Was stabbed by Michael in H5
•   Sheriff Leigh Brackett — The former sheriff of Haddonfield, Illinois. (H1 & H2)
•   Sheriff Benjamin "Ben" Meeker — He succeeded as Haddonfield Sheriff when Brackett retired in 1981 to move to Saint Petersburg, Florida. Supposedly killed in the shootout at the end of H5. (H4 & H5)
•   Lindsey Wallace — A survivor along with Thomas Doyle on the night of October 31, 1978. Lindsey also appears in Halloween 4, as Rachel Carruthers friend that gives her a ride to the costume store.(H1, H2 & H4)
•   Thomas "Tommy" Doyle — A survivor along with classmate Lindsey Wallace on Halloween 1978. Became obsessed with tracking down Myers for the next seventeen years. He befriended Kara and Danny Strode. He is responsible for saving Jamie Lloyd's newborn son Stephen. (H1, H2, H4 & H6)
•   Kara Strode' — Laurie Strode's adoptive-paternal cousin. (H6)
•   Daniel "Danny" Strode — Kara's son, shows slight signs of Michael's lunacy. (H6)
•   Stephen Lloyd — son of Jamie Lloyd, born on the night of October 30, 1995. (H6)
•   James "Jimmy" Lloyd — Haddonfield college student and an orderly for Haddonfield Memorial Hospital in 1978. Laurie's first husband and the biological father of Jamie Lloyd. (H2)
•   Jonathan "John" Tate — son and second child of Laurie Strode. (H7)
•   Molly Cartwright — John Tate's girlfriend and fellow Hillcrest Academy High School classmate in 1998. (H7)
•   Sara Moyer — Psychology student at Haddonfield University and reluctant Dangertainment contestant. Very laid back but ultimately very brave. She is the principal character [besides Laurie and Michael] and survivor in Halloween: Resurrection (H8).
•   Freddie Harris — Dangertainment owner and entrepreneur. Wants to make money and he sees the Myers house as the perfect way of earning it and to kick off his career. He is the other survivor alongside Sara in Halloween: Resurrection (H8)
•   Judith Myers — The eldest sister to now-serial killer Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. Her brutal death is the commencement for the entire series. She appears only in the first installment. She was killed on the night of Thursday October 31, 1963.
•   Annie Brackett played by Nancy Loomis - The friend of Laurie Strode and daughter of towns sheriff. She died on Halloween 1978 on Michael's first attempt to kill his sister Laurie. She had a brief appreance in Halloween 2 as a corpse. (H1 & H2)
•   Lynda Van Der Klok played by P.J. Soles - Also best friends of Laurie & Annie. She was killed by Michael as he strangled her with a phone cord. (H1)
•   Rachel Carruthers played by Ellie Cornell — The foster sister / surrogate sibling to Jamie Lloyd in 1988 and 1989. Carruthers was killed by Myers in H5. (H4 & H5)
•   Dr. Terence Wynn — The administrator of Smith's Grove - Warren County Sanitarium, the leader of the cult of Thorn, and the mysterious Man in Black. (H1, H5, & H6)
Halloween III characters
•   Dr. Daniel "Dan" Challis —Is a middle aged doctor, taking care of Ellie Grimbridge, who is searching for the man who may have killed her father. Challis has recently separated from his wife (played by Nancy Kyes, who played Laurie Strode's best friend in Halloween, 1978).
•   Ellie Grimbridge — Is a young woman, searching for the man who may have killed her father with Dr. Challis in a Californian, Irish-anscestery town.
•   Conal Cochran — The main villain of Halloween III. He is responsible for the death of thousands of children every Halloween around America, and possibly internationally too, as his famous "Shamrock" masks kill everyone that wears them. The focus on a psychotic killer is replaced by a "mad scientist and witchcraft" theme.
People who have played Michael Myers
•   Nick Castle - Halloween (1978)
•   Tommy Wallace - (Closet Scene) Halloween (1978)
•   Tony Moran - (Unmasked/Stunts) Halloween (1978)
•   Will Sandin - (Age 6) Halloween (1978) and Halloween 4
•   Dick Warlock - Halloween II
•   George P. Wilbur - Halloween 4 and Halloween 6
•   Don Shanks - Halloween 5
•   Chris Durand - Halloween H20
•   Brad Loree - Halloween: Resurrection
•   Daeg Faerch - (Age 10) Halloween (2007)
•   Tyler Mane - Halloween (2007)
The film rights
•   Halloween
o   Main rights: Trancas International Films (Akkad's production company)
o   Home video rights: Anchor Bay Entertainment
o   Television rights: Carlton/ITC Entertainment
•   Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch
o   Main rights: Universal Pictures
o   Home video rights: Universal Pictures
o   Television rights: Universal Pictures
•   Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
o   Main rights: Trancas International Films
o   Home video rights: Anchor Bay Entertainment
o   Television rights: Anchor Bay Entertainment
•   Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, Halloween: Resurrection, Halloween (2007)
o   Main rights: Miramax/Dimension
o   Home video rights: Miramax/Dimension
o   Television rights: Miramax
Dimension Films also currently owns rights to any further films in the Halloween film franchise.
Box Office
Film   US release date   Box office revenue   Reference
      United States   Outside US   Worldwide   
October 25, 1978
$47,000,000   -   $47,000,000   [7]

Halloween II
October 30, 1981
$25,533,818   -   $25,533,818   [8]

Halloween III: Season of the Witch
October 22, 1982
$14,400,000   -   $14,400,000   [9]

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
October 21, 1988
$17,768,757   -   $17,768,757   [10]

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
October 25, 1989
$11,642,254   -   $11,642,254   [11]

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
September 29, 1995
$15,116,634   -   $15,116,634   [12]

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
August 7, 1998
$55,041,738   -   $55,041,738   [13]

Halloween: Resurrection
July 12, 2002
$30,354,442   $7,310,413   $37,664,855   [14]

Halloween (2007)*
August 31, 2007
$57,814,543   $5,054,079   $62,868,622   [15]

Halloween film series      $274,672,186   $12,364,492   $287,036,678   
*Note: Updated October 28, 2007. Please update if necessary.
By success
The list of the Halloween films are in the order of the most financially successful, excluding inflation as a factor:
1.   Halloween (2007)
2.   Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
3.   Halloween (1978)
4.   Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
5.   Halloween II (1981)
6.   Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
7.   Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
8.   Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
9.   Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
These are the scores Each of the Halloween Films have received from IMDb Users, In Order.
1. Halloween (1978) 7.9/10 from 36,000 Votes
2. Halloween II (1981) 6.2/10 from 10,000 Votes
3. Halloween (2007) 6.0/10 from 15,000 Votes
4. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) 5.4/10 from 6,000 Votes
5. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) 5.2/10 from 14,000 Votes
6. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) 4.3/10 from 5,000 Votes
7. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) 4.3/10 from 5,000 Votes
8. Halloween: Resurrection (2002) 4.0/10 from 8,000 Votes
9. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) 3.5/10 from 7,000 Votes
Comic books
Between November 2000 and November 2001, Chaos Comics produced three one-shot Halloween comic series, using characters from the film franchise. The three comic books were written by Phil Nutman and were named Halloween, Halloween II: The Blackest Eyes and Halloween III: The Devil's Eyes. The comic books even attempted to bridge continuity between Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later but in doing so made the plot of Halloween: Resurrection (unreleased at the time) impossible.

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« Reply #79 on: October 31, 2007, 06:52:20 pm »


The Halloween franchise has also seen profitability through various merchandise like toys, dolls, statues, model kits, bobbleheads, snow globes, movie posters, masks, T-shirts, hats, and more. Michael Myers has made appearances in the form of dolls and toys from McFarlane Toys, Sideshow Collectibles, and NECA. Even Dr. Loomis has been immortalized in plastic alongside Michael Myers in a two-figure set produced by NECA.

The Michael Myers mask has been reproduced over the years by Don Post, the mask company responsible for the creation of the masks from several of the Halloween films (the Silver Shamrock novelty factory seen in Halloween III was actually shot on location in one of Don Post's factories). While Don Post reproductions of the Michael Myers mask are still commonly found in costume stores every Halloween, the license to produce Michael Myers masks has since been given to Cinema Secrets, the company commissioned with the creation of the Michael Myers mask for Halloween: Resurrection.

The Halloween series also lives on in DVD form. Many versions of the original Halloween (often including special extras like free merchandise or additional footage missing from previous DVD releases of the film) as well as several of its sequels have been published by Anchor Bay Entertainment, Universal Studios, and Dimension Films. On October 2, 2007, the original Halloween was sold on Blu-Ray for the first time by Anchor Bay Home Entertainment.

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« Reply #80 on: October 31, 2007, 06:55:43 pm »

Alternate Cuts
Main articles: Halloween II: The Producer's Cut, Halloween 6: The Producer's Cut
Each of the films in the Halloween series has one or more alternate cuts for either artistic or censorship-related changes.
•   Halloween has a television cut, which added more scenes because NBC claimed the original was too short. They also cut the scene where the actress portraying Nancy Loomis' butt is stuck in the air after being locked in the laundry room and trying to escape through the window. This scene was deleted because NBC thought it was pornographic. The extra scenes were filmed at the time Halloween II was being filmed.
•   Halloween II has a television cut, which was the original "Rick Rosenthal Cut" of the film before John Carpenter re-edited parts of it.
•   Halloween III: Season of the Witch has an uncut version, which adds about a minute of gore and a few additional minutes of characterization to the film. There are different edits, some of which have just the gore (UK re-release), others have just the characterization (Asian), and one has both (German).
•   Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers currently has the most edits with five (producer's cut, rough cut, director's cut, television cut, theatrical cut).
•   Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later has a workprint which features an alternate opening, an alternate score, and new scenes.
•   Halloween: Resurrection has a workprint and an earlier rough cut. The workprint is the same as the theatrical release with alternate music choices and a different opening and title. The rough cut follows the original script more closely and eliminates many scenes containing the character "Freddie."
•   Rob Zombie's Halloween has a workprint that contains many different scenes, an alternate ending, and small lines that were edited out of the finished product.
1.   ^ a b c Halloween at Box Office Mojo; last accessed April 19, 2006.
2.   ^ James Berardinelli, review of Halloween, at; last accessed April 19, 2006.
3.   ^ Adam Rockoff, Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film, 1978-1986 (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2002), chap. 3, ISBN 0-7864-1227-5.
4.   ^ Halloween Franchise Box Office Records; last accessed April 27, 2006.
5.   ^ Jim Harper, Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies (Manchester, Eng.: Critical Vision, 2004), p. 103, ISBN 1-900486-39-3.
6.   ^ Halloween remake news at [1]; last acccessed May 8, 2007.
7.   ^ Halloween (1978). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 02, 2007.
8.   ^ Halloween II (1981). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 06, 2007.
9.   ^ Halloween (1978). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 06, 2007.
10.   ^ Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 06, 2007.
11.   ^ Halloween 5 (1989). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 06, 2007.
12.   ^ Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 06, 2007.
13.   ^ Halloween: H20 (1998). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 06, 2007.
14.   ^ Halloween: Resurrection (2002). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 06, 2007.
15.   ^ Halloween (2007). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 28, 2007.
External links
•   Official site
•   Official Myspace Profile
•   Halloween at the Internet Movie Database
•   Halloween II at the Internet Movie Database
•   Halloween III: Season of the Witch at the Internet Movie Database
•   Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers at the Internet Movie Database
•   Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers at the Internet Movie Database
•   Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers at the Internet Movie Database
•   Halloween H20: 20 Years Later at the Internet Movie Database
•   Halloween: Resurrection at the Internet Movie Database
•   Rob Zombie's Halloween at the Internet Movie Database
•   Halloween at John Carpenter's official website
•   The Official Website for Halloween Comics
•   Covers the long-running franchise of tales
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